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mambo (ˈmæmbəʊ



(plural) -bos
  1. a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
  2. a voodoo priestess



-bos -boing or -boed
  1. (intransitive) to perform the mambo

Word Origin

American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess

Example Sentences Including 'mambo'

There was swing and jive in the dance halls, mambo in the bars, boogie-woogie piano playing in the dockside cathouses.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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